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Old 06-09-24, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by TMonk
SCNCA State Championship Road Race: 4th/15 in my division, 8th/31 total.

My field was master’s 35-39 and 40-44 cat 1-3, raced together, scored separately. The course is 4 laps on a 15 mile “U” shape, with a gentle ~450 ft foot climb to the S/F line, punctuated by a couple of steep ramps. 2,600 ft total gain. I covered the course in 2:25 (24 MPH).

The opening laps featured attacks/counters at the front from a couple teams , but nothing real scary. Going into the second (of four) climbs, a couple out-of-towners lit it up and split the field in half. Lap three would turn out to be quite difficult with tons of attacking and less riders to fill in/cover. I barely made it over the penultimate climb still attached, fighting cramps towards the top. Several more were dropped on climb three.

At this point the front was two groups of four, with me in group two. I knew from my legs that I would not be contesting the final climb, and from watching the numbers, I knew that I was racing for fourth position in my category. I was motivated to pull hard and stay aero so that I could have the biggest buffer possible going into the final climb between us and the rest of the field. I had to focus on being smooth since I experienced some twinges of cramps riding our paceline during that final lap. Onto the final climb – I’m dropped on the first steep ramp and getting some horrible cramps, even had to coast a couple times. But I stayed clear of the peloton (or what was left of it). I was anxiously looking back a lot on that last climb.

Total effort: 195w (2.96 w/kg) but with an effective/normalized power of 229w (3.48 w/kg). On the second climb I produced what amounted to a harder than normal VO2 max interval. Real tough when thrown into context of a 60 miles punchy race. I felt fine cardio-wise on climb three, but I guess that explains the cramping. Hard!

Some day I’d like a state title in either crit or RR to my name, but this year it wasn’t in the cards. I think my decreased endurance really showed this year. I’m happy that I raced and that I made the front selection towards the end when things got really hard. I feel good about that. I have no photo to share since they didn’t do a 5-man deep podium announcement. Still, I don’t regret hanging out for a while and chatting with some of my racing buddies. Maybe next time!
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Old 06-09-24, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
This morning. We’re in the sixth month of a five month dry season.
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It's all green in the habitable part of America.

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Great effort TMonk! Hanging out after had to be part of the fun.
Always is, we have a good community around here.

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Rain! Sweet, sweet, rain.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol


It's all green in the habitable part of America.

https://x.com/AshevillePictu1/status...87782476570655
Go to Wikipedia and look up the wet/dry tropics.

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Today was the French Creek Iron Tour, which is a fundraiser for a local land trust and always a good ride.

Weather was deliciously cool for most of the ride, with a pleasant breeze of about 10MPH. We had a group of 10 riders, although 2 bailed at mile 45 to do the 75 mile course, the rest of us did the full 100. It was a blast!
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I was bushed after the ride and took a little catnap:

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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Go to Wikipedia and look up the wet/dry tropics.

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Will it explain why you live in an arid wasteland?

You and Florida should get together.


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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Rain! Sweet, sweet, rain.
It started raining during my walking activity. Again. Had to cut it short. Will try again later. #QuestTo8000
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23263769]Will it explain why you live in an arid wasteland?

You and Florida should get together.


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Anyone notice the leaderboard?
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Anyone notice the leaderboard?
I'll bet I'm first in the 70+ class.
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On Friday, I decided to ditch the whole Zone 2 thing, and just rode "Modified Merckx". I felt better than I had in 2 months! So today, I decided to take the Big Circuit for its first long Sunday ride. I had been a little disappointed in its performance hitherto, but after the previous ride, I re-readjusted the front hub, so now it spins a bit easier. Maybe that was it? But in any case, the bike felt a lot faster, especially on the downhills, where resistance in the bearings will make itself felt. I had no problem getting up to 39 mph in at least one spot where it had topped out at about 35 previously, so I felt pretty good. Also, I just plain felt good, maybe better than I have in 2 months!

So, I took the requisite pics at Frenchman's Tower on Old Page Mill - a tradition for every build, the first time I take it on a Sunday ride.



The grass is all turned brown or on the way. Big difference since April! But this is how it goes every year.



Here's what it looked like 3 months ago...



Oh, and here's a dogwood tree along a back road in Woodside - it was so spectacular I had to turn around and go back for a picture...


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I'll bet I'm first in the 70+ class.
I'm probably leading in rollerblade miles.
I didn't bother Strava'ing them though. Maybe next week
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Originally Posted by genejockey
On Friday, I decided to ditch the whole Zone 2 thing, and just rode "Modified Merckx". I felt better than I had in 2 months! So today, I decided to take the Big Circuit for its first long Sunday ride. I had been a little disappointed in its performance hitherto, but after the previous ride, I re-readjusted the front hub, so now it spins a bit easier. Maybe that was it? But in any case, the bike felt a lot faster, especially on the downhills, where resistance in the bearings will make itself felt. I had no problem getting up to 39 mph in at least one spot where it had topped out at about 35 previously, so I felt pretty good. Also, I just plain felt good, maybe better than I have in 2 months!

So, I took the requisite pics at Frenchman's Tower on Old Page Mill - a tradition for every build, the first time I take it on a Sunday ride.




Is that a folly or did it once serve a purpose?
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
I'm probably leading in rollerblade miles.
I didn't bother Strava'ing them though. Maybe next week
Seven straight days of walking efforts, despite illness.

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Originally Posted by datlas
Today was the French Creek Iron Tour, which is a fundraiser for a local land trust and always a good ride.

Weather was deliciously cool for most of the ride, with a pleasant breeze of about 10MPH. We had a group of 10 riders, although 2 bailed at mile 45 to do the 75 mile course, the rest of us did the full 100. It was a blast!
How much climbing?
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What happened to the snooze updates? I'm told there is post-season action taking place this weekend.


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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Seven straight days of walking efforts, despite illness.

Gotta be on the steps leaderboard.
Low mile walk week for me, didn't even hit 50 kilometres

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What happened to the snooze updates? I'm told there is post-season action taking place this weekend.


RMOT (warning: lawn content)

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Hard to say.
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Damn, major hail damage flying from Mallorca to Vienna today. I hope they don't have trainsnorter's insurance company

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Originally Posted by big john
How much climbing?
A smidge over 7K. No big climbs, but lots of rollers.
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A smidge over 7K. No big climbs, but lots of rollers.
Rollers are tough. That profile looked brutal. Kudos.
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